The Equality Pod

ILGA-Europe's bi-monthly podcast, giving a louder voice to the struggle for LGBTI equality across Europe and beyond.

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2011 Annual Conference edition

This edition of The Equality Pod was recorded during the 15th Annual Conference of ILGA-Europe in Turin (October 2011) and provides an overview of the discussions and debates taking place during this anniversary conference. As this was our anniversary conference, a lot of reflections on the history of the organisation and the European LGBTI movement took place. The conference also celebrated the achievements of LGBTI people in politics: Robert Biedron, first openly gay MP in Poland shared his success story. And finally, we spoke to one of the first Co-Chairs of ILGA-Europe's Executive Board - Jackie Lewis and Kurt Krickler and asked them to share their opinions on the past and the future of ILGA-Europe.

LGBTI Prides and Freedom of Assembly

Summer is a Pride season. The fourth edition of our Equality Pod explores the Pride: how the Prides events begun, what does Pride means to LGBTI communities, and what is the future of Pride? We speak to an academic and the activists from across Europe who share their views and experiences. We also touch upon the subject of a ’traditional’ Pride model – the March and if that model is applicable and relevant everywhere in Europe. We learn about the challenges LGBTI activists in some European countries experience when attempting to exercise their freedom of assembly. In particular, we investigate the situation when Russian government ignores the decision of the European Court of Human Rights.

Mutual recognition of same-sex families in the European Union

The 3rd edition of The Equality Pod was recorded at the European Parliament and this time we examine the issue of mutual recognition (or the lack of it, to be more precise) of same-sex families among EU countries. Currently, most of the EU member states have laws recognising same-sex families in one form of another. However, same-sex partners married or registered in one EU country as well as their children, are not always and not automatically recognised in other EU country. Such situation cases serious problems for same-sex families and their children and we talk to a European parliamentarian and a representative of the European Commission what the EU institutions are doing to resolve this legal jungle.

What happened to proposed EU anti-discrimination directive?

ILGA-Europe produced second edition of its podcast. This edition was recorded at the European Parliament and it revisits the topic of the proposed EU anti-discrimination directive which aims to ban discrimination in such areas of EU competence as access to goods, housing, healthcare, education, and social protections on the grounds of age, disability, religion/belief and sexual orientation. The proposed directive is somewhat stuck at the level of EU member states now and there are no sign of political will. Members of the European Parliament, ILGA-Europe members and other European anti-discrimination networks discuss why we need such piece of EU legislation, where the oppositions is coming from and why it is important for different community and minority organisations to work together.

What is ILGA-Europe and the rights of trans & intersex people

In our first edition, we explore ILGA-Europe's objectives, discuss the rights of transgender and intersex people, and ask if our own prejudices hinder the struggle for equality.

This first edition was recorded in October 2010 during the 14th Annual Conference of ILGA-Europe in The Hague.

In our first edition, we explore ILGA-Europe's objectives, discuss the rights of transgender and intersex people, and ask if our own prejudices hinder the struggle for equality.

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